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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Jake Macapagal
John Arcilla
Althea Vega.
Directors
Sean Ellis.
Screenwriters
Sean Ellis
Frank E. Flowers .
Running Time
115 minutes

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Metro Manila
Beyond the Philippines


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Plot
Taking their two daughters and small cargo of belongings, Oscar (Macapagal) and Mai Ramirez (Vega) up sticks from the poverty-stricken rice fields of the northern Philippines and head for the vastness of Manila. Life, there, is far from simple.


Review
Metro Manila

Made in the Philippines by a Brighton-born director, Metro Manila is a terrific piece of socially aware world cinema laced with tense, gripping crime-thriller action beats. It begins in the provinces, where the plummeting price of rice is putting farmer Oscar (Jake Macapagal) out of business. After moving his family to the big city, Manila, Oscar is offered a job as a security guard with the warm-hearted Ong (John Arcilla). But soon Ong reveals his true motives, setting the clock ticking on a well-played, intelligently scripted and unpredictable heist movie, paying off with an ingenious twist that works satisfyingly against expectations.


Verdict
Brit filmmaker Sean Ellis does terrific work balancing the disparate elements of his crime-laced drama. Recommended.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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